If everyone in New Jersey’s paychecks suddenly doubled, there likely wouldn’t be a single worker complaining about it. Many workers across a wide array of careers – retail, construction, administration, etc. – feel as though they aren’t being compensated fairly, especially when it comes to minimum wage. The pay scales weigh in favor of the businesses, and that’s just the way it is.

State governments have intervened on minimum wage, raising them to accommodate hard-working families, but do we really know what the most effective method of compensation is? One local association, the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, wants to educate the masses about how a fixed minimum wage affects businesspeople and their employees.

During this segment of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato, President of the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey, Anthony Russo, visited the set to talk with show host Steve Adubato, PhD. The majority of the conversation focused on the larger issues facing New Jersey businesses, including minimum wage and paid sick leave.

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is a distinguished general business advocacy group, approaching a near century of operation in the Garden State. The organization has a longstanding history in Bergen County, but its reach has grown considerably over the years.

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“We actually started out as the Bergen County Chamber of Commerce and kind of morphed into the statewide association that we are now, with offices in Paramus and Trenton,” said Russo.

In respect to the argument of minimum wage, a large number of individuals from New Jersey and the surrounding areas have strong opinions about whether or not workers should be compensated $15 or more per hour for their labor. For example, politicians including the governor of New York believe minimum wage should be no lower than $15 an hour, Adubato explained.

The Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey is not excluded from this argument, and the company’s stance is well-founded and unwavering, citing fundamental reasoning regarding the diligent businesspeople and laborers of the state. To hear the organization’s position on minimum wage, as well as its stance on paid sick leave, check out this episode of Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato.

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